The Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches provides speed and intelligence at the access, distribution, and core areas of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises expertise with Catalyst family switches to assist your organization to design a cost-effective network topology that meets your specific business needs, set up pilot testing, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security and compliance plan, streamline network management and performance tracking, deliver repair and maintenance services, optimize switch capacity, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology to achieve non-stop operation.

Progent can assist you to maintain and repair your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade efficiently to the latest versions of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to ensure that you get the maximum business value from your investment in your network.

The demand for intelligent, fast switching is the result 0f a combination of fairly new networking patterns whose net effect is a virtual tsunami of data traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT computing and a consequent requirement for intensive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of BYOD computing
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video applications
  • Social media for business
  • The rise of Big Data in data analytics
  • Increasingly advanced cyberattacks like ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only made practical by utilizing virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures slash expenses by permitting aggressively high hardware utilization and demanding very little real estate and power consumption. However this also requires that comparatively sparse network resources have to accommodate substantial volumes of data. The BYOD paradigm has caused a dramatic increase in the amount of mobile users that have be supported by business networks, and these users tend to run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, rich media apps. Social media for business is displacing traditional email as the primary enabler of collaboration and is generating a growing demand for data. Businesses who want to remain competitive are adopting Big Data techniques to mine enormous and disparate repositories of corporate data, which in turn produces Big Network Traffic. These trends are relatively recent, and put together they create a critical need for an advanced class of switches that feature much more performance, control, uptime and ease of management than older platforms were engineered to provide.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution/core levels of enterprise campus environments where office workers must be accommodated by providing dependable high speed, secure access management, careful segregation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the demand for speed and intelligence with features such as high-density 10G/40G/100G services, switching capacity more than 25 Tbps for each appliance, a comprehensive collection of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to simplify the deployment of VLANs, VSS technology for stateful interchassis failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and 99.999% availability, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to optimize network resource usage, and sophisticated QoS tools for business-critical data prioritization.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches allow organizations of all sizes to build smart switching and routing services into their network architecture, creating an ecosystem that can deal with current needs, scale to accommodate future capacity demands, protect sensitive information, and differentiate and control tasks to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are small form factor, fixed switches targeted for small businesses and branch offices with up to 250 workers and with little if any internal IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless versions for quiet operation within an office environment. Mounting options include desktop, wall or shelf mount, rack mount, and DIN. Created as an easy upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and administration are easy using a web interface or command-line interface, security is enterprise-class, and PoE+ capability with a dynamically allocated power budget of 740W allows a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) implementations. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be managed at once with single IP. Catalyst 1000 units are line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS Software. Quality-of-Service capabilities include egress queues on every port as well as priority queuing to allow optimized performance for time-critical traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion avoidance.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of managed switches offers modular and fixed appliances and supports all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family offers devices with the appropriate value proposition to connect people and things in environments ranging from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to implement any combination of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management platforms and cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions lower expenses by cutting operational overhead and protecting vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches provide converged switching and routing, delivering the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full mGig Ethernet and PoE ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid World

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith double the backplane stacking bandwidth for about half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network update for small branch offices and midsize campus deployments. The 9200 family includes models that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 offers 160-Gbps stacking performance, features onsite-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts swappable interface modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch allows up to 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps stacking capacity. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps backplane stacking performance. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless bandwidth tuning with 8 or 12 mGig Ethernet ports as fast as 10Gbps.

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for high-density access switching. Advanced features provided with various models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include 1T backplane stacking capacity, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, end-to-end IPsec tunnel with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and performance as high as 100G, redundant fans and power supplies, plus data stack and StackPower cables common across the complete Catalyst 9300 family.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, switches in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer auto provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to customize their DNS policies at user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT clients from visiting dangerous websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features as much as 320G stacking bandwidth and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed instead of modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of stacking capacity and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch provides 1T backplane stacking performance and offers 48 10G ports. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ (UPOE+) supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches based on Cisco IOS XE and designed for midsize and large campus access networks. Offering double the throughput and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is built to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family brings switch technology into the current age of connectivity driven by security, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on each chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max bandwidth for each line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 appliances offer 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure network segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch can support 96 10/100/1000 ports, 5G/10G mGig ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 switches can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services switches designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on Cisco IOS XE and the series incorporates the first network technology to provide switching rates above 25 Tbps.

Catalyst 9500 appliances provide as high as 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding throughput as high as 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high availability.

Catalyst 9500X products support as high as 25.6 Tbps switching performance with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes hardware support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis loaded with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching capacity up to 25.6 Terabits per second and can contain up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for high-availability supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis is equipped with a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

Legacy Catalyst Switches Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have extensive backgrounds delivering online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting expertise for early-generation Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These legacy Catalyst switches often are more expensive to manage and maintain than current switches, provide lower performance and functionality, and in many situations can expose organizations to regulatory and even liability risks. Progent's consultants are available to help your business to manage and repair these older switches and can in addition help you to plan and carry out non-disruptive upgrades to current products from the Catalyst line or to devices from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of network switches which build upon Catalyst technology.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Line
Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches HelpThe Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family of managed Ethernet switches are intended for businesses with as many as 250 workers and deliver the reliability, security, scalability, and feature set small and mid-sized companies need at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet capability makes it simple to add network devices like VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Models of the Catalyst Express 500 managed switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus optional backup power supplies with automatic fail-over for additional dependability. Interoperation with Cisco access points allows businesses to build a wireless LAN environment quickly and easily. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 platform provides strong security against malicious attacks thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access agents. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Professional ServicesCisco Catalyst 2900 non-modular, managed Ethernet switches offer basic workgroup networking for small to medium-sized organizations. These wire-speed desktop appliances offer Cisco IOS Software functions for simple mixed-media traffic support at the network edge. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 family of managed switches are small-footprint, entry-level switches with 8 Ethernet ports plus a single built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit uplink. The enclosures can be deployed away from the wiring cabinet in space-constrained office spaces like on or under a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small companies and branch offices. Available versions offer 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and deliver throughput as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature permits up to four 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to perform like a single switch that offers 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces administrative costs with one-switch setup. IPv6 FHS capability protects networks against IPv6 address theft and other threats.

Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches HelpThe Catalyst 3560 family is a line of non-modular switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit configurations. The Catalyst 3560 Series switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business network connectivity or local-office environments, combining both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet (PoE) options for high productivity while streamlining the installation of key applications such a VoIP, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. Customers can activate network-wide intelligent features including quality of service (QoS), rate management, access control lists, multicast administration, and broadband IP routing while maintaining the simplicity of traditional network switching.

The Catalyst 3560 Series is equipped with a powerful array of features that allow for network expandability and enhanced availability via IP routing as well as a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) improvements aimed to maximize availability in an access Layer network. Improvements to the standard STP Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, improve network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) allows for Layer 2 traffic sharing on redundant connections to exploit the extra bandwidth inherent in a redundant architecture.

Important routing protocols such as Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Border Gateway Protocol, static routing, and Policy Based Routing improve system scale; PIM increases utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects data.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco 3750 Series Switches HelpFor midsized organizations and corporate branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch eases integration of unified technologies and adapts to evolving business environments by offering configuration flexibility, support for unified network traffic, and automatic configuration of intelligent system services. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch is designed for high-density Gigabit environments and includes a diverse range of switches that meet the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-connectivity requirements of small or midsized deployments.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch includes the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced quality of service, rate-management, access control lists, and simple static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image offers a broader set of enterprise-grade features, including advanced hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a stacking architecture optimized for Gigabit Ethernet. StackWise is intended to respond to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing predictable performance. Cisco StackWise unites up to nine separate switches into one functional device, utilizing special stack-interconnect cables and stacking utilities. The individual switches can be any combination of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching device that is managed by a control switch, elected from one of the stack of switches. The master switch automatically creates and keeps current all the switching and optional routing databases. A deployed stack can accommodate new devices or delete existing switches with no operational interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration switch that is low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting options. The Catalyst 2960-CX has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch housed in a sleek, noiseless and low-power enclosure that can be placed virtually anywhere convenient. Versions are offered with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with six 1-GE ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Up to four uplinks are available, and Power over Ethernet is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes value-priced fixed-configuration managed switches intended for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L compact switches have 8 to 48 GE ports and either 2 or 4 SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fanless operation for 16- and 24-port models does away with noise. RJ-45 interfaces support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S family by delivering switching capacity as high as 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a hot-swappable plug-in that allows 8 switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 family switches also support NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of having one device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed, stackable network access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring comprehensive wireless controller capability that lets you control wired and wireless networks on a one platform managed by one OS. Cisco has models with either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and support for up to 9 Catalyst switches in a stack. All versions provide expandable QoS, stateful failover for maximum availability, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security.

Since wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to spot and assign priorities to wireless traffic with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution along with advanced QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user environment and faster problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard using existing cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless products, and Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Catalyst 3650 Series switch delivers stacking throughput of 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 wireless APs and 1000 Wi-Fi clients on each switch or stack. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 offers stacking throughput of 480 Gbps and supports as many as 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless users per stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber ports at line rate on every port, providing far reaching connections, enhanced security, and an identical wired/wireless experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus access and distribution environments where physical space for networking hardware is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE operating system, the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X families facilitate virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and VSS solutions. Network virtualization allows you to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically separate. This makes possible the high resource utilization, protection, resilience, and simplified management needed for Cloud computing or other situations where a single infrastructure is shared by software and services that must run in complete isolation from each other. EVN simplifies the process of creating VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs per switch. EVN utilizes features of Multi-VRF and includes new technologies such as VNET Tags and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes connecting VNs. Virtual Switching System makes it possible to set up Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes a built-in wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the initial Catalyst supervisor engine to support wired as well as wireless services on one platform based on Cisco's IOS XE. Features included are Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for application visibility encompassing both wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless security, predictable Quality of Service for wired and wireless networks, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to cover Wi-Fi data traffic for enterprise-class high availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can support up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, 193 1GE non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be supported per chassis, and up to 250 APs and 4000 wireless users are managed in a multi-switch installation without a separate wireless network controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation platforms that can provide up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per device. The Catalyst 4500-X supports as many as 32 10GE connections on the baseboard and eight extra 10GE ports on the expansion module for a total of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks can be added with another module. In addition to offering non-stop operation and easy management, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available capacity between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional advanced features include Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analysis, TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus core platforms that incorporate the field-proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 line of switches, which were introduced more than a decade ago and which have been continually improved since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches offer identical features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch supports the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated family of line cards and service modules. This mutual compatibility and program of ongoing improvement protects your IT expenditures and permits you to update your network backbone with little business disruption or IT team retraining.

Shared features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco ISE technology for convenient, centralized management to ensure unvarying policy throughout a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System capability for maximum availability via multi-level failover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to facilitate client roaming and device mobility and to streamline virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtualization features to partition distinct user groups and serve the unique security and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete Multiprotocol Label Switching, EVN, VRF-aware technology for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired/wireless environments, the WiSM2 for Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches includes support for as many as 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are intended for distribution and enterprise backbone networks that require maximum availability and high densities of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Available versions include three to 13 expansion slots and accept a broad range of interface modules. Integrated service modules support wireless, network analysis, and security. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's broad line of 6500 switches work with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit (4RU) form factor, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching performance per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E can support up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The top-of-the-line Catalyst 6513-E has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and offers 180 Gbps of performance on each slot, with a total system capacity of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can deliver up to 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone switches designed to provide optimal 10/40/100 GE support. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, compact platform for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize enterprise campus backbones. The Catalyst 6880-X switch delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching throughput and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port concentration on one chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. With VSS, a two-chassis system can deliver 4 Tbps performance and support as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU chassis that has 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two of the slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL can deliver up to 880 Gbps of switching throughput per slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching bandwidth while providing up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber ports, 80 10GE ports or 20 40GE ports. an 6807-XL system configured with VSS is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber ports, 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 40 40GE access ports.

Ways That Progent Can Assist Your Business with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the remote or onsite expertise of CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad experience delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and midsize businesses, branches, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Services available from Progent for Catalyst switches include pilot testing and validation, system analysis, topology planning, upgrades and project management, virtualization, wired/wireless unification, management automation, performance optimization, problem mitigation, business continuity preparedness, and information security and compliance assessment and verification.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have broad expertise with industry standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network consultants also offer familiarity with important technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, RIP, and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security and compliance consultants can assist you to develop a comprehensive security plan and deploy Catalyst switches so that they offer maximum support for your security policies.

In case you need the highest available Ethernet density or extremely low latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist you to analyze, plan, and implement a migration to Cisco's Nexus Series switches. To learn about Progent's consulting and support capabilities for Nexus switches, refer to Nexus Switch configuration and support services. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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